United Express Announces New Regional Jet Service From Columbia, SC to Chicago Three New Flights in Addition to Daily Schedule to Washington Dulles

DULLES, Va., May 22 /PRNewswire/ -- Atlantic Coast Airlines (ACA) (Nasdaq: ACAI - news), the Dulles, VA-based United Express carrier, today announced it will add new regional jet service from Columbia Metropolitan Airport (CAE) to Chicago O'Hare International Airport (ORD) on July 1, 2000. Chicago O'Hare is the worldwide hub of United Airlines, the world's largest airline.

The three new daily jet flights to Chicago will complement the existing schedule of four flights per day to Washington Dulles International Airport- United's east coast hub.

United Express/ACA Vice President of Sales Angie Shermer said, ``This additional regional jet service will provide United customers in the Columbia area with even greater access than ever before-to more than 800 daily United and United Express flights to destinations across America and around the world.'' She added, ``We sincerely appreciate the support shown by the Columbia community to our Washington Dulles regional jet flights over the past year. This was a major determining factor in the decision to expand our United Express service to Chicago.''

The new Chicago flights will also be serviced by the 50-passenger Canadair Regional Jet (CRJ), considered one of the fastest, quietest regional aircraft in the world. The CRJ is the same jet that has been used on the Washington Dulles flights since May 25, 1999.